Could Eating More Plant-Based Foods Increase Your Life Expectancy?
What if you were told that you could increase your life expectancy up to 13 years by just adding in more fruits, veggies, whole grains, nuts, legumes, and fish? While decreasing red and processed meats, refined grains, and sugar-sweetened beverages?
I say sign me up, right?!
According to new research published by PLOS Medicine, by making these small changes you could add up to more than a decade to your life expectancy. Their research started with 20-year-olds, if women made the change they could add 10 years and men could add up to 13.
Not 20 anymore? (me either lol!) No worries, older adults reaped the benefits as well. Women in their 60’s who make the switch could add on 8 years and men 9. Even more? 80-year-olds could add on 3.5 years, respectively. Of course, this comes with cutting out red meat, refined sugars, and processed foods. Which is a healthy habit to start at any age.
Even more news, a diet high in animal products has been linked to an increased risk of heart disease, which is the world’s leading cause of death. Making these small changes to reduce consumption of animal products and incorporating more plants, nuts, and legumes is also associated with fewer medications, lower rates of cancer, and better overall optimal health. I don’t know about you, but as I age I don’t want to be a burden to my family with health issues. I want them and me to enjoy life to the fullest in the healthiest way. Consuming more plants and less processed foods will help us get there together!
Now, you might be thinking, but I love my meat and potatoes. We hear you! The research shows that making these small changes are effective even if you don’t overhaul your whole diet. (when possible consume organic & grass-fed meats for optimal health benefits)
Side effects may include;
Now those are side effects that don’t sound scary!
The overall effect you will feel when making these slight changes compound over time.
Where Do I Even Begin?
Start by swapping one meal a day for plant-based.
Go completely meatless one day a week (#meatlessmonday)
Check out my plant-based recipes over at www.cherisemazur.com
There are many local places that cater to a plant-based lifestyle, try out some of their meals and experiment with what you like!
Join my next 3 day reset program! 3 days of vegan, gluten-free & organic meals all prepped and planned for you! Emails come out monthly so be sure you are signed up!
How does this new research affect your thoughts on eating more plant-based foods? Comment below and let us know!